Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Murphy's Ride

Murphy's Law is alive and well.

If you haven't checked in for a while, read yesterday's post about my spoke repair.

Okay now forget all that crap about how rugged the bike is and how I have what I need to fix it and finish my ride. I don't know squat about tensioning the spokes on a wheel to get it straight and true. All the tools and parts in the world don't help if you don't know how to use them correctly. In fact they can set you up for bigger problems later.

The ride in to work this A.M. was uneventful. But I did notice that the rear wheel felt slightly wobbly. I made a mental note to check it out over my lunch hour, then promptly forgot until I felt the same wobble on the way home. I stopped two miles in, near the Amtrack station and started checking spokes on the rear wheel one by one. A few felt loose. I tweaked them and it seemed to spin reasonably true. Okay I'll make it home and take the wheel to Bike Doctor for a proper alignment.

FAIL! As I turned from WB&A to Thompson Rd the rear wheel slipped as I turned. The pavement was wet and I thought maybe I hit a slick spot with a little oil or something. Another 1/4 mile, nope the rear tire is going soft. Stop to change the tube. The tire is wet and bubbles are coming out from around a small piece of glass. At least I found it quickly, maybe this will go fast. Then I discover another busted spoke. I suspect incorrect / uneven tension after serial adjustments made on the fly.

45 minutes later I have my second (last) spare spoke and a new tube on the rim. I made it home under my own power, an hour late and frustrated. BD is now closed so I can't get the wheel in tonight.

No ride tomorrow, the forecast is truly horrible with heavy rain and strong winds. But after I get through work tomorrow we get to travel to Elon to see Taylor this weekend. That should be fun.

1 comment:

  1. Broken spokes would stop me cold. Enjoy your trip. I'll miss riding with you tomorrow. Earl